Together with the Chinese partner company Chengdu International Rail Port Group, Rail Cargo Group has started offering on 12 April the first direct connection between the Chinese metropolis of Chengdu and Vienna.
The first trip of the 41-container freight train has started from Chengdu, with a journey of 9,800 kilometres through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Austria. At the transhipment terminal on the Ukrainian-Slovak border, the change from broad gauge to standard gauge will take place. The transcontinental container train will finally reach its destination at the reception terminal, the freight centre of Vienna South.
The train is operated on behalf of the Chengdu Railway Port Group, CMA CGM and DHL China and is carrying electronic components, lighting materials and household goods, among other things. Further transport operations on the Chengdu-Vienna route are already being planned.
“Since we already handle regular door-to-door transport between Europe and Asia, we want to establish a direct connection from China to Vienna in the future. This will make a decisive contribution to accelerating the networking of trade routes between the two neighbouring continents”, said ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä.